Heavy ice cuts power to thousands in southwest Manitoba

Frost and ice are being blamed for power outages affecting nearly 5,000 homes and businesses in southwestern Manitoba.

Hydro says extra crews are out tackling downed lines

Thick frost covers a Hydro pole in southwestern Manitoba. The ice and frost caused large swaths of power outages. (Submitted by Manitoba Hydro/Twitter)

Frost and ice are being blamed for power outages at nearly 5,000 homes and businesses in southwestern Manitoba. 

"We have extensive ice and frost on power lines with a number of lines down due to weight of ice," the utility tweeted Sunday morning. 

Manitoba Hydro tweeted that the outage began around 7 p.m. Saturday night. While more than 4,700 customers were still without power Sunday morning, by 5 p.m. Sunday that number was down to just over 2,000.

Manitoba Hydro says there are extra crews out Sunday, clearing ice and frost from lines and fixing downed lines. 

Manitoba Hydro crews are dealing with thick frost on lines and poles. (Submitted by Manitoba Hydro/Twitter)